Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Parent Guide
Short on storyline and swollen with special effects, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" will likely leave some viewers feeling charred after mounting up for this inferno of a ride.
Parent Movie Review
Eastern Europe heats up when a gang of thugs hunts down a young mother and her son Danny. Working for a devil that resides in the human form of Roarke (Ciarán Hinds), Ray Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth) expects to make some substantial cash for delivering the boy. But he doesn’t have a clue about the adolescent’s significance.
Before becoming a mother, Nadya (Violante Placido) agreed to conceive and bare the demon’s child in exchange for her life. Now the evil master has sent Carrigan to retrieve and deliver his offspring in time for a satanic ritual that will perpetuate the old man’s earthly reign.
Not far away Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) is holed up in an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere. He too made a pact with the devil. Now when his temperature rises, he turns into "a hunk, a hunk of burning love". (Oh wait that’s Elvis.) Johnny morphs into the Ghost Rider, a flaming motorcycle riding skeleton that wreaks his own form of justice.
Unannounced and unbidden, Moreau (Idris Elba), a member of a secretive religious sect, shows up at Johnny’s hideout and urges him to help escort Danny to a secluded monastery where he will be safe. That’s all the invitation Ghost Rider needs to send him blazing down the highway in search of Carrigan.
That’s also the extent of character development we get in this script where Ghost Rider spends way too much time craning his charcoaled cranium from one side to the other before blasting the bad guys with his hot breath. While endless scenes of death-inflicting gunfire and other morbid means of death are depicted along with a smattering of profanities that include the sexual expletive, some parents may also be concerned with the portrayal of Satanic ceremonies and an all-too-casually administered Christian communion.
Short on storyline and swollen with special effects, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will likely leave some viewers feeling charred after mounting up for this inferno of a ride.Directed by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba. Running time: 96 minutes. Theatrical release February 17, 2012. Updated July 7, 2016
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Rating & Content Info
Why is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance rated PG-13? Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language.
Violence: Characters are shot, dropped from heights, run over, crushed, disintegrated and consumed by flames. A man spits a stream of blood out of his mouth after being injured. Characters are whipped with chains, kidnapped and roughly pushed around. One character holds a knife to another’s throat. Men prepare to behead a character. A man steals drugs from a hospital. Characters ride without helmets and also sit on the open bed of a truck that is driving down the highway.
Sexual Content: A woman talks about conceiving the devil’s child.
Language: The script includes several profanities, a crude sexual slang and a strong sexual expletive.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character drinks frequently from a flask. He and others also drink wine. Secondary characters smoke. A man consumes numerous prescription pills he has stolen from a hospital pharmacy. A boy is subdued with an injection.
Other: Scatological humor is portrayed when a man urinates with fiery results. A satanic ritual is portrayed. A man casually administers a Christian communion to another character.
Page last updated July 7, 2016
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Parents' Guide
How does this antihero compare to other Marvel Comic superheroes? Does this character still have positive characteristics?
Danny asks Johnny if it feels good when he is under the influence of Ghost Rider. Can power be exhilarating? Is there a danger in his type of euphoria? How does Johnny try and control the "devil inside?"
How does Nadya feel about her decision to make a pact with the devil when it comes to her son? How can a parent’s decision later affect their child or children?
The most recent home video release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance movie is June 12, 2012. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance
Release Date 12 June 2012
Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance releases to home video in the following packages:
Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance on DVD:
- Deleted Scenes
Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D:
- Deleted Scenes
- Directors’ Expanded Video Commentary
-The Path to Vengeance: Making Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Six-Part Documentary (Blazing a New Path, Patience Is Not a Virtue, We Will Burn This City To Bitter Ashes, To Hell and Back, Walking in Both Worlds and The Fires of Hell Will Purify You)
Exclusive to Blu-ray 3D:
- 3D Featurette: Riding Into Another Dimension